Shiner 100 Commemorator | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner 100 CommemoratorShiner 100 Commemorator

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rfabian
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler is forms a small white head that leaves a little lacing. The appearance is amber and cloudy. The aroma is of strong malts or molasses. The taste is also strongly of molasses and malts with little hop bitterness. The feel is full bodied almost cloying with a sweet finish. This is a bit rich to be knocking down all evening.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a dark reddish bourban color with a small amount of organic eggshell colored head.

S: smells very sweet. Like caramel.

T: sweet caramel malts are nicely balanced by a quick dose of refreshing hopps. They linger on the back of the tongue for just long enough to make you want another sip.

D: fantastic. Really highly enjoyable. Will certainly drink again.

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Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More thanks to JJFoodie for including this with a lot of extras in a fantastic trade.

This one's a sort of reddish brown color. A light tan head pours about one finger and manages to leave a little thin lacing around after dissipating to a small but tight foam.
The smell is a caramel malt with accompanying sweetness, possibly some dark fruits in there as well. It's a bit light, with minimal hops presence.
The taste follows suit very well; good at base, if not a bit simple and light. Malt makes up the foundation with caramel and raisin-like dark fruits notes and a bit of a toasted note as well.
The body is a little light, maybe a thinnish medium, but nicely balanced between creamy and crisp with a moderate carbonation.
I would have a difficult time pegging this for a doppelbock without knowing beforehand; still, it has a pretty good flavor and feel and is very sessionable and drinkable.

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Photo of beer2day
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep maple. 1-finger head with very faint retention. Very faint lacing.

Big sweet bread nose. Maple again with lots of malt and fruit on the backend.

Hits sweet. A very slow roast flavor builds with each sip. Slightly thick and syrupy. Slight indication of hop bite in mid sip.

Very easy to drink. A little sweeter than most, though. Nice effort from Shiner and worth a try.

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Photo of thekanna
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Nice dark brown which turns a ruby hue when held up to light. Leaves a medium tan, fluffy head with sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Phenolic sweet, cloying, bready malt with hints of corainder, anise, and caramel.

T: Strong bready molasses-flavored malts; very saccharine, sticky and cloying, like drinking sugar in the process of fermenting into alcohol. Strongly phenolic aftertaste that almost makes it feel like you're drinking the beer as it's distilling into something stronger.

M: Medium body with a strong stickiness that leaves the palate coated in a bed of sugar.

D: Very filling; can be a bit too much after a few sips just because of the overwhelming sweetness. The sugary, sticky sensation on your hands after a popsicle has melted onto them is the closest I can describe this beer's sensation on the palate. I think I'll pass on the next one.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a fluted pilsner glass.

Pours a nice clear, deep ruby-mahogany hue with a two-fingered head of tan foam that fades away pretty quickly and fails to leave any trace of lacing behind on the sides of the glass.

Rich and malty in the nose, with caramel and mild chocolatey notes and no detectable hop aroma. Very clean.

Medium-bodied and mild-to-moderately carbonated; body is a bit light for a Doppelbock, detracting heavily from the beer's overall character. Flavors ring in as true-to-style, with a sweet milk-chocoloate-caramel malt character and a middling bitter, somewhat spicy noble hop character, finishing clean and just a little sweet.

Overall not a half-bad brew, but a bit too thin to stand out amongst the greater brews out there.

To the Spoetzl brewery, Pros't! Here's to another successful 100!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head that dissipated to a half inch coiurse cap that held pretty well. Lacing washed down the glass with each drink.

A: Sweet bready malt and mild flavoring and bittering hops.

T: Caramel malt, brown sugar linger through an even bitter.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth then dry

D: Big beer with average flavor for the style. Five more to go, so maybe an update coming.

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Photo of samie85
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a ruby/brown color with a very quickly dissipating tan head.

S-Toasty, caramel malts with a bit of dark fruit that is typical. Think I might be getting a hint of chocolate as well.

T-Nutty caramel upfront, then some dark fruit, finishing with a sweet malt note.

M-Medium bodied, pretty smooth, decent carbonation, but not a fan of the dryness that sticks with me after drinking this one.

D-Not bad, I prefer the richer end of the doppelbock spectrum, but a decent offering.

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Photo of kegger22
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, red-brown with a small head that reduced to a bare collar. The aroma was musty. The taste was caramel sweet, but a little thin. I was expecting more of a stout like taste, but I have to realize, this is not an Ayinger doppelbock. The feel was medium bodied with low carbonation. Drinkability was good. This was a good beer, despite paling in comparison the "goat", and the price was right.

And now, for my last beer of the weekend, I shall visit with an old friend...Dreadnought.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Rusty colored pour with a small, short-lived, white head. Toasty caramel aroma with hints of almond, vanilla, and ripe fruit. The flavor has some nutty caramel sweetness with subtle hints of dark fruit, cinnamon, and a slightly spicy finish. Slightly thin body with lots of carbonation.

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Photo of badesign
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium orange-red with initially lively carbonation and creamy, tan head, both fading relatively quickly. Very sweet aroma, very vaguely fruity with notes of brown sugar and spiced rum. Taste is likewise sweet but not roasted, flavors of bread and honey and a slight corn graininess. There is adequate carbonation but nothing more in the mouthfeel, it's somewhat thin and noticeably un-sticky. Could drink a few though. Overall a very solid beer but not as excellent as I would expect for a 100th anniversary.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle from Liquor World in Fayetteville. Poured a clear, dark amber with a short off-white head. Funny, at first I thought this was just a legit bock, compared to Shiner Bock. As I sip this beer, however, I can taste the extra, dark fruit sweetness and richer licorice flavor that defines the style. This beer is on the lighter and more drinkable end of the spectrum, but it's a decent stab at the doppelbock.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper/gold/maybe brown color with a thin trim of beige head.
Smell has a sweet malted grain character with maybe a twinge of cocoa.
Taste started very malty, creamy and sweet that transits into solid bready/grain quality.
Finish is a bit muddy with a decent malted after-taste that sticks a bit.
Drinks pretty good, very smooth and malty with a decent body that makes it go down well. Sessionable.

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Photo of mjurney
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Appearance]: Brownish-red color, clear, some carbonation, small head that disappears really quick.
[Smell]: Not much aroma, some caramel/maple and hint of alcohol.
[Taste]: Malty sweetness at first, caramel, bready, I could detect some dark fruit, bitterness is very mild. Warmth finish at the end from the alcohol.
[Mouthfeel]: Medium bodied, carbonation is pretty good.
[Drinkability]: Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown/copper color with a very small head that completely dissipates immediately and leaves no lacing.

Smells of rich malts, figs and caramel along with a light grassy hop aroma.

Taste is reminiscent of the smell, and again notes of caramel and fig are prominent. Some lighter notes of butterscotch become evident as it warms, as well as a faint hop presence in the background. Alcohol may be slightly noticeable but as this is not enitrely strong for a doppelbock, its presence isn't all that evident.

The body appears to be just a little lighter than what you would expect from the style. Overall, this is a decent doppelbock and while there are better options out there, this may be one of the best values around for this style. Wasn't expecting much out of Shiner, but for the most part I think they delivered on this one and I can see myself having this again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not much doubt that the 100 would be a doppelbock. Pours a very clear dark copper/light brown color with a 2 finger foam that fades quick at first, but slows to a crawl at about 1/4 inch. No lacing to speak of. It's an ok looking DB.

Caramel and toasty malts mingle with a bit of fig fruitiness. No hop aroma, but still the nose is fairly bold for a Shiner brew.

Taste is sweet and nutty with a bit of burnt toast and chocolate to go with the requisite caramel bock flavor. There is a faint breath of alcohol in there as well. Lacks a bit in the way of body compared to most of the style, but this is surprisingly not a bad stab at it by the folks at Spoetzl brewery, especially considering this is far and away the highest ABV beer they have ever brewed. I hope they do more in the future. This has to be one of the most affordable doppelbocks at about $7 a sixer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogany body with a ruby cast. Creamy, yellowed light-tan head. Good retention, fair lacing.

Aroma: Brown malts? Oats? Nicely malty! A whiff of mild, floral, gently grassy, and leafy hops sneak through as well.

Taste: Whoah! Much bolder than the aroma suggests, there's a whole lot of brown sugar going on! Rich and sweet! Some toastiness appears across the middle, and it's nicely caramelish. It's much more like Vienna malt than what I though might have been brown malt in the nose. And it has that "juicy" note that Michael Jackson used to refer to. Oddly, I still get what seems like oat flavor to me. And I certainly wouldn't label this as a doppelbock. It's rich, but it doesn't have the true depth of flavor required of a doppelbock.

As it warms it becomes wider and wider, and the maltiness takes on greater depth. What initially seemed like "commercial" beer now seems more like "craft" brew, so take it out of the fridge and let it sit for 5 minutes before opening it.

The floral hops found in the nose remain in the flavor, and it's balanced by a limited bitterness that cuts through just enough to keep it from becoming too sweet; although some sweetish malt does linger in the finish. Some other hops make it through as well, and it's a touch leafy with some scorched sugar that lingers pleasantly in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a dextrinous edge that bumps it to medium-full status. Standard carbonation that lends a gentle bristle to the tongue.

Drinkability: Although I'm not compelled to go out and find more of this, I did find it quite enjoyable and I'd gladly have more. It does fall a little bit on the sweetish side though. But it's nice to see a richer beer coming out of Spoetzel. It's certainly enjoyable, and certainly worth trying!

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.41/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Color is a fabulous copper amber brown. Unfortunately, the head is very small and short-lived. Almost no lacing.
Sm. Sweet caramel with a little coffee and malt.
Ta. Again, very nice sweet and caramelly flavor, but with a healthy counterbalance of bitterness. Well balanced IMHO.
Mf. Filling and smooth with nice carbonation. Lightness not expected w/ the sweet caramel.
Dr. I could easily demolish the six-pack too quickly. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured this bottle into my pilsner glass. Pours a ruby-tinted tawny brown. Good-sized off-white head on top. Pretty good retention, but little lacing. Smells like caramel, bread, and hints of butterscotch.

The mouth is a little thin and slick. Carbonation level seems to be on the low side. Kind of weak. The flavor is pretty average. Plenty of caramel sweetness and bready malts are there, but it's just not that bold. I think the drinkability level is pretty high for this beer. As it is not offensive in any way, I could see myself having a few of these at a time. I enjoyed this much more than the regular Bock from these guys.

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Photo of jnezda
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Being an honorary Texan I have my fill of Shiner and was excited to see this new release. My expectations were not fulfilled. Tasting this beer at Germanfest in Muenster TX after a grueling 60 miles bike ride from a 16 oz plastic cup did not provide the best tasting but I have tried it a couple other times with the same result. The color and carbonation were both very nice but the beer seems to lack spirit. The light amber color with adequate bubbles is an inviting sight but the beers comes off as a being too lightly carbonated. The body is nice with good drinkability but the after taste leaves something to be desired. As far as Spoetzl products go this is not their best release.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pilsener glass, this was on sale for $5 per sixer. Dark ruby red color, its got a pretty good malty aroma to it. The flavor is robust malts, fruity, nutty, a good dopplebock and for the price this really can't be beat. I am going to have to give all of the other Shiner beers a go just to see what's up.

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Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Amber like pour. Enough cream colored head, recedes a bit. Sticks to the glass well enough. Aroma is quite sweet, malt, caramel, yellow raisin. Taste matches, but I don't find the sweetness overbearing. The carbonation cuts the sweetness for me. Lighter bodied than the typical, but that makes this pleasantly drinkable. There is a bit of mustiness throughout that is the only drawback. A fine enough dopplebock and worth trying.

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Photo of templar316
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice deep amber brightening to red when held to the light. The off-white head is there and gone. The smell is light dark fruit and bready malt. But the flavor is sweet, molasses and caramel with a biscutty finish, mild hops. It is a little surupy and you need a sweet tooth to drink few.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear ruby/amber color body with a thin offwhite head,light carbonation, slight lacing.Aroma of roastd grain,dark fruit and brown bread. Flavor is of sweet dark caramel , rost and a hint of cardboard with faint spicy hops. Light body with a slick mouthfeel , grainy toasted aftertaste , all flavors seem quite subtle for the style . Drinkable but nothing I would buy again.

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Photo of ToddT
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear ruby red brown with a minimal cream color head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S- Lightly roasted malt, caramel, molasses, and alcohol.

T- Mild roasted malt and sweet molasses. Little bite of hops in the middle with a finish of mild hop bitterness and warming alcohol.

M- Thin in body with minimal carbonation. Seems a little flat. Finish is a little flat as well.

D- It's ok, nothing to keep me wanting another one though. The 6.7% ABV is not exceptionally high but it shows through as if it was stronger.

Alright to try one, but not one to go back for.

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Shiner 100 Commemorator from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.54 out of 5 based on 219 ratings.
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